When I first met Chris and Aksana via Skype, I knew they were going to be such a great couple to photograph. They know how to laugh and have a good time, and they're the kind of people who have the ability to make anyone feel welcome and included in the fun.
Their wedding had a travel theme and included so many wonderful cultural traditions, as Aksana hails from Belarus and Chris's heritage is Chinese-Malaysian and Italian. Guests traveled from around the globe to attend their beautiful celebration at the Paul J. Ciener Botanical Gardens in Kernersville, NC, planned by the fabulous Shaunda Eggleston of E'MAGINE Weddings and Events.
These two are just so photogenic! I could photograph them all. day. long.
The reception began with a traditional eastern European bread and salt ceremony...
The groom's family led them in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony...
Aksana being a dancer herself, it only made sense that she would have lots of dancing at her wedding. Two different dance troupes filled with friends of the bride from Winston-Salem and her current city of Memphis, TN, performed...
Aksana+Chris :: It was such an honor to be part of your wedding, and we're so grateful to have documented such a special day! Wishing you decades of love, happiness, and adventures together!
Venue :: Paul J. Ciener Botanical Gardens
Event Planner :: E'MAGINE
Catering :: Sweet Basil's Catering
Cake Artist :: Glorious Gourmet Creations
Florist :: New Creations Flower Company
DJ :: A & A Disc Jockey Service
Ceremony Musicians :: UNC School of the Arts
Hair and Makeup :: Teased Hair and Beauty
Bridal Gown :: Stella York from Low's Bridal
Bridesmaid's Dress :: Dessy
Men's Attire :: Vera Wang from Men's Wearhouse
Stationer :: printATsydesign via Etsy
Linens :: Happy Rentz
Rentals :: Event Rentals of NC
Officiant :: Rev. Gerald Donnelly
Watch the sneak peek of Chris and Aksana's wedding day here.
Check out Aksana's bridal portraits here.
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